Public Health Preparedness

Jones County Health Department coordinates with county and state initiatives to ensure the readiness of Jones County residents in the event of a disaster.

PLAN AND PREPARE FOR AN EMERGENCY – Being ready for an emergency helps you and your family to survive.  It also allows police, firefighters and emergency medical workers to help those who need it most.  You may be on your own for hours or even days after a disaster.  Firefighters and police cannot always reach everyone quickly.  Basic services like water, gas, power, sewage treatment and phones may be not work for several days or more.

The time to put an emergency kit together is before a disaster.  An emergency kit is a container of items your family may need in or after an emergency.  Most of the items can be found in your house.  It is important to put them in one place.  Be sure every family member knows where the kit is kept.  You need to put enough water, food and supplies in your kit for three to seven days for each person and pet.

For assistance in preparing for an emergency, please visit ReadyNC where you will find information on the following topics:

  • Emergency Evacuation Kit
  • Protecting Your Home
  • Insurance
  • Vital Records
  • Evacuating
  • Emergency Alerts
  • Seniors
  • Functional Needs
  • Pets

Primary Emergency Shelters for Jones County Residents Include:

  • Jones County Civic Center832 Hwy 58 South, Trenton, NC 28585
  • Comfort Elementary School, 4384 Hwy 41 West, Trenton, NC 28585
  • Maysville Elementary School, 808 Sixth Street, Maysville, NC 2855 

Secondary Emergency Shelters for Jones County Residents Include:

  • Pollocksville Elementary School300 Trent Street, Pollocksville, NC 28573
  • Jones Senior High School1490 Hwy 58 South, Trenton, NC 28585
  • Jones Middle School190 Old New Bern Road, Trenton, NC 28585
  • Trenton Elementary School188 Elementary School Lane, Trenton, NC 28585

Evacuation Routes:

  • Highway 58 North to Highway 70 West
  • Highway 17 to Highway 58 North
  • Highway 41 East to Highway 70 West
  • Highway 41 West to Highway 258 North
  • Highway 258 North to Highway 70 West

STAY INFORMED – It is important to know the types of dangers that may be a problem to you and your family. This will help you get ready for any type of emergency.  For resources on keeping informed before, during or after an emergency, please visit ReadyNC where you will find information on the following topics:

  • Natural Hazards
  • Man Made Hazards
  • Recent Disasters
  • Travel Conditions
  • Current Weather

RECOVERING AND REBUILDING AFTER DISASTERS – North Carolina Emergency Management works with local, state and federal groups, as well as non-profit and volunteer groups, to help people and areas recover from disaster.  For steps you can take to recover from a disaster, please visit ReadyNC where you will find information on the following topics:

  • Individual Assistance
  • Filing Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Community Assistance
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Roles During a Disaster
  • Cleaning Up

GET INVOLVED – During and after an emergency, Americans come together with courage and caring.  People want to help.  There are many ways to get involved before an emergency happens.  To learn more on how you can get involved, please visit ReadyNC where you will find information on the following topics:

  • Volunteering
  • Citizen Corps
  • CERT Partners
  • Donations

NEWS – Please visit ReadyNC for news releases and other information on the following topics:

  • News Releases
  • Recent Disasters
  • Videos
  • Print Materials
  • Resources and Links
  • Photos

OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST – For additional information and resources on local, state and federal emergency response initiatives, please click on the following links:

For more information regarding Public Health Preparedness, please contact the Preparedness Coordinator at 252-448-9111 ext. 3003.  Interpreter services are available if needed.